2006-07Regular SeasonRound 6
December 05, 2006 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALASPORT "P. CARNERA"
Michele Antonutti - Snaidero Udine Kristaps Valters hit the game-winning triple with a few seconds to go to give Snaidero Udine a 75-73 win over Group B co-leaders Strasbourg, on Tuesday in Italy. Snaidero raised its record to 3-3 to take a share of third place in the group with Ventspils, while Strasbourg dropped to 4-2 in second place. Strasbourg made an 8-20 run in the first quarter, highlighted by an incredible shooting performance from Michael Smith, to build a 19-30 cushion, but Snaidero raced back with a 10-2 run in the second period to climb within 31-35. The visitors escaped with a 39-48 cushion at halftime, but the hosts didn't give up. A 13-2 run put Udine ahead 59-57 late in the third quarter. Snaidero built a 68-62 margin early in the last quarter, Strasbourg answered and went ahead 72-73 but then Valters scored the game-winning triple to the delight of the local fans. Valters led the way for Snaidero with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists, Michele Antonutti chipped in 10 and Joel Zacchetti and Christian Di Giuliomaria nailed 9 apiece. Michael Smith led Strasbourg with 23 points – 21 in the first half on seven three-pointers. John McCord added 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Lonnie Cooper had 9 and Aerick Sanders 8 with 9 boards.

Cooper and Antonutti scored their respective team's opening baskets after two scoreless minutes. Antonutti added 4 more for Snaidero, but Smith bagged his first two triples to boost Strasbourg to 9-10 through midway the quarter. Damon Williams found easy points in the open court to swing the lead back to 11-10 Udine, but Smith was on fire and with back-to-back threes pushed Strasbourg to 11-16. Cooper added a bucket before Di Giuliomaria answered for the hosts. Smith remained unstoppable with his sixth three-pointer on six attempts to give Strasbourg a 16-27 cushion. Valters hit one from downtown to reduce the difference, but Afik Nissim's free throws fixed the score at 19-30 at the end of the first quarter. After 3 quiet minutes early in second quarter, Antonutti made a dunk. Cooper answered from downtown to go up 21-33. Zacchetti, Valters and Larry O'Bannon put together a 10-2 run to take a 31-35 lead, but immediately McCord and Cooper answered to make it 31-39. Back-to-back triples from Smith and Dirk Madrich gave the visiting side a 33-45 lead with a minute-and-a-half till halftime. Filiberto Dri scored 4 points in the last minute to fix the score at 39-48 for the guests at halftime.

John McCord - StrasbourgMcCord and Smith helped to maintain a double-digit margin back from the lockers, but Valters put Snaidero in charge from downtown and Williams reduced the cushion from the foul line by to 46-52. McCord boosted Strasbourg again and Zacchetti, who replaced Williams, scored inside for 49-55, then Di Giuliomaria exploded with 4 straight points and Snaidero was back on track at 53-57. Valters from downtown and Zacchetti completed a 13-2 run to take the lead on 59-57 with less than 3 minutes left in the quarter. Madrich tied the score from the foul line, but Valters hit another three pushing Udine to 62-59. Williams made a basket to keep Snaidero ahead 64-62 after 30 minutes. Jacob Jaacks slammed the ball early in the last quarter and Williams fueled Snaidero in the open court, as the hosts' lead swelled to 68-62. Nissim and Sanders got Strasbourg quickly within 68-66, but then O'Bannon stopped lifted Snaidero to 72-66. However the game wasn't over and Nissim's triple made it 72-70 with less than two minutes left. Sanders tied it with a pair of free throws, and Claude Marquis made just one of two from the line to give Strasbourg the lead, but Valters hit the game-winning triple to allow the home fans to celebrate a 75-73 win.
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
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Referees: REMS, IZTOK; LEPETIC, NIKOLA; ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB
Attendance: 2100
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Snaidero Udine
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 DRI, FILIBERTO 5:00 4 1/1   2/2         1       3 1 3
6 LOVATTI, FABIO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 ANTONUTTI, MICHELE 31:00 10 5/5 0/3   2 2 4   3 1     3 2 12
15 KASTMILER, SANJIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 MUTOMBO, KABONGO 7:45     0/2     1 1 1         1   -1
18 VALTERS, KRISTAPS 35:00 20 1/3 6/10   2 5 7 9   4     4 1 23
30 DI GIULIOMARIA, CHRISTIAN 16:00 9 4/5 0/1 1/5 1 1 2   4       3 5 11
32 JAACKS, JACOBS 22:00 7 2/4 1/3 0/1 3   3 1 1 4     3 2 2
34 O'BANNON, LARRY 34:15 8 0/4 2/7 2/2   1 1 1 2 2     3 2  
41 WILLIAMS, DAMON 32:00 8 3/11 0/5 2/2 1 7 8 5 2 2 1 3 3 3 6
52 ZACCHETTI, JOEL 17:00 9 4/5 0/1 1/2 3 4 7 3 1   1   1 2 19
Team           1 3 4   6 1         9
Totals 200:00 75 20/38 9/32 8/14 13 24 37 20 20 14 2 3 24 18 84
        52.6% 28.1% 57.1%
Head coach: PANCOTTO, CESARE
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Strasbourg
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 COOPER, LONNIE 36:00 9 3/5 1/3     6 6 1   5     2 1 6
6 MENDY, ELSON 8:00   0/2       1 1           1   -2
7 MARQUIS, CLAUDE 24:00 6 2/5   2/4 2 3 5   2 3     3 6 8
8 SANDERS, AERICK 27:00 8 2/6   4/5 5 4 9 1 2 1 3   3 4 18
9 SMITH, MICHAEL 34:00 23 1/4 7/11   1 4 5 2 1 2   1 1 3 23
11 NISSIM, AFIK 25:00 7 1/4 1/6 2/4   3 3 2 2 1     3 6 6
12 McCORD, JOHN 28:00 13 5/11   3/3 4 4 8 1 2 6   1 3 3 11
14 BACH, JASON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 MADRICH, DIRK 18:00 7 1/3 1/2 2/2 2 4 6 1   2     2 1 8
16 YAICI, BOUDJI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             1 1   6           7
Totals 200:00 73 15/40 10/22 13/18 14 30 44 8 15 20 3 2 18 24 85
        37.5% 45.5% 72.2%
Head coach: GIRARD, ERIC
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Head Coaches

PANCOTTO, CESARE
Snaidero Udine
"It was a great game and superb victory. It was even more important beacuse we played without two players, Gigena and Allen. The team made an impressive match."
GIRARD, ERIC
Strasbourg
"We played a great first half but in the second one we missed a lot of open shots because Snaidero played very aggressive in defense. In the last quarter we had no luck. We were without Eidson and Darrigand but we had to win it anyway. For Snaidero team Valters played a very good game."

Players

VALTERS, KRISTAPS
Snaidero Udine
"I had more responsability and I made the last decisive shot. However, I took my shots for the entire game and I was confident that I would score. I was on fire."
MADRICH, DIRK
Strasbourg
"We had a good start and we closed the first half with nine points of advantage. In the second half we did a lot of mistakes under the rim and Snaidero at the end won the game."
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